OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL
OPTIMISTS-BRINGING OUR THE BEST IN KIDS

Committed to Excellence

Committed to Excellence

About Us

We are a non-profit service provider aiming to help and improve the lives of those who are most in need. Our main areas of operation located within greater Miami Dade County are: Richmond Heights, Perrine, Goulds, Palmetto Bay, Naranja, Leisure City, Homestead, and Florida City.

Richmond – Perrine Optimist Club, INC started off as a sports program back in 1971 out of the residents’ concern that the youth in the community were not able to afford or have access to organized sporting events or programs. From there onwards, we continued to evolve into a fully functional social services program. In the year 1980, we implemented uplift programs for disadvantaged youths during the summer months to keep them positively focused and to help them channel their abilities towards achieving success.

Today, we provide social service programs, youth development programs, After School House programs, alternative education for students in grades 6 – 12, and organized sports including football, baseball, basketball, and dance/cheerleading. Our organized sports programs have proven to be among the best in the nation. Over the years, with the assistance of our many volunteer leaders, coaches, aides, and parents; our football and dance/cheerleading teams have proudly won several National Championships.

Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club, Inc!

We are proud partners with the following esteemed organizations.

  • The Children’s Trust
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • United Way of Miami Dade

Following are the honorable members of our Board of Governors.

  • Charles Bethel (President)
  • Dr. Sammie Burley (1st Vice President)
  • Bernecia Townsend (2nd Vice President)
  • Ronald Tookes (Secretary)
  • Joyce Brumby (Treasurer)
  • Daisy Gardner Lester (Past President)
  • Silas Ashley (Board Member)
  • Dr. George Battle (Board Member)
  • Lashawn Fann (Board Member)
  • Phillip Hardemon (Board Member)
  • Dr. Donald Hollis (Board Member)
  • David Watson (Board Member)
  • James Williams (Board Member)

Our executive team includes the following esteemed individuals.

  • Dr. Leronardo Stringer (Executive Director)
  • Christy Berry-Wilson (Deputy Director)
  • Lance Williams (Director of Alternative School Education)
  • Darlene Carver-Rogers (Program Coordinator/Credential Director for Afterschool House and Summer Camp Programs)
  • Elizabeth Pitts (Program Coordinator for Parent Support Program)